Fatal complication from a balloon-expandable tracheal stent in a child: A case report

William H. Stotz, Ivor David Berkowitz, Jeff C. Hoehner, David E Tunkel

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Objective: The use of airway stents in the pediatric population is uncommon, reflected in the few patient series reported in the literature. We describe a fatal complication of tracheal stent placement in an 18-month-old child with spondylothoracic dysplasia. Design: Case report. Setting: Intensive care unit of a tertiary academic pediatric center. Patient: An 18-month-old child with spondylothoracic dysplasia who underwent tracheal stent placement for tracheomalacia. Interventions: Management of an acute upper-airway hemorrhage. Main Results: The patient died, despite aggressive interventions. Conclusion: Use of tracheal stents in pediatric patients with tracheomalacia is not without risks; tracheal erosion with severe hemoptysis is an infrequent but devastating complication of this intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


  • Hemoptysis
  • Jarcho-Levin syndrome
  • Spondylothoracic dysplasia
  • Tracheoarterial fistulas
  • Tracheobronchial stents
  • Tracheomalacia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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